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2009-10 The Museum Strikes Back

Presented by the Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in the History of Art and Visual Culture

November 6 • University of Santa Cruz

Merrill Cultural Center 9:30 am - 4 pm See Map

A dialogue exploring the future of the museum.


9:30 am   Welcome, Elisabeth Cameron

10:40 am  Introduction, Paul Figueroa

10:00 am  Lessons From the Great Depression

                Marjorie Schwarzer - JFK University

10:20 am Wonder in the Age of Reason: The “Other” History of Museums

               Christopher Steiner - Connecticut College

10:40 am  Break

11:00 am  Reinventing the Museum

                Gail Anderson - Gail Anderson & Associates

11:20 am  James Clifford, UCSC, Discussant

11:40 am  Questions for Panelists

12:00 pm  Lunch

1:30 pm    A Work in Progress: A Museum for the 21st Century

                Barbara Henry - Oakland Museum of California

1:50 pm    Interdisciplinary Curating, Faculty Collaborations, and the College Teaching Museum

                John Weber - Tang Museum, Skidmore

2:10 pm    Jennifer González, UCSC, Discussant

2:30 pm     Questions to Panelists

2:50 pm     Break

3:00 pm     Final Thoughts, Shelly Errington - UCSC


Parking permits ($6) available in Merrill lot (9-10 am) and at the base of campus throughout the day.

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4:30 pm    Opening of Cielo/Sky, a collaborative exhibition with our sister city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, at the Porter Faculty Gallery.


November 7 • The Museum of Art and History

Community Forum 3 - 5 pm

Friday participants will engage with local experts on the future of museums in Santa Cruz county.


Shelby Graham - UCSC Sesnon Gallery

Nina Simon - Museum 2.0

Celeste DeWald - California Association of Museums

Cynthia Matthews - Santa Cruz Mayor

Susan Hillhouse - The Museum of Art & History